It took little time for Coach Nicole Acosta to leave an imprint on Arizona Western. Acosta was named the fourth head coach in the history of the program in April of 2018 and by the fall had led the Arizona Western College Lady Matadors to the 2018 NJCAA National Tournament in her first season at the helm and earned ACCAC Coach of the Year Honors.
The Lady Matadors set the program record for wins in 2018 with 21 and completed a perfect 20-0 conference season while topping it off with the first conference title for women's soccer at AWC.
The program's first Conference Player of the Year came as Acosta coached 2018 ACCAC Player of the Year and NJCAA All-American & All-Region I First Teamer Christiana Boateng who led the conference with 29 goals.
Acosta's roster also boasted two more First Team All-Conference Selections, a Second Team All-Conference & All-Region Choice, and an Honorable Mention.
Prior to Arizona Western, she led Maya High School's men's team to an Arizona State Title in 2018. Previously, she served as an assistant coach at Paradise Valley Community College. In 2012, PVCC won a national title with an undefeated season.
As a player, Acosta was an NJCAA First Team All-American at Paradise Valley before transferring to Arizona State. She racked up 17 goals and 20 assists in two seasons at PVCC. At ASU, she made 33 appearances in two seasons and became an every game starter early in her senior year.